Forest Wolf


Hello all!  A few of you have commented and e-mailed me wondering why I haven’t posted in a few days.  Tell you the truth, sometimes life gets a little to overwhelming for me and I have to just step back, take a breath and regroup.  I really appreciate your concern though.

Todays tutorial is using a retired 2001 Stampin’ Up set “Wolf” and 2006 set “Best Blossoms”.  I love to pick up retired sets on Ebay.  Been wanting this Wolf set for so long, but there is only so much I will pay for stamps.  So I bid my max amount and hope that I’ll win, only on occasion I do.  Especially for some of the highly soot after sets like “Wolf”.  It has taken me 2 years of bidding to get it, but I got it for a fair price.  :)

Let’s get started on the tutorial.

Supplies, Oops missed the supply photo this morning:

Stamps: Stampin’ Up “Wolf” & “Best Blossoms”
Paper: Stampin’ Up Whisper White, Basic Black, Always Artichoke
Ink: Stampin’ Up Basic Black, Always Artichoke, Really Rust and Old Olive
Accessories: Versamark pad, Prismacolor Pencils, Faber-Castell Artist Pen, Sponge

 On with the tutorial.

Loaded my stamp with Versamark, Old Olive and then tapped the stamps leaf tips on a Really Rust ink pad to color the tips before stamping it on a piece of 4.5″ square Whisper White card stock.  Stamped it 6 times.


Heat embossed the images using fine detail clear embossing powder and a heat gun.


Stamped Wolf face with Basic Black ink.


Colored the face with a Prismacolor Cool Grey 50% pencil.


Added some Prismacolor Black pencil to the nose, between the eyes and darker parts of the ears.


Colored the eyes with a Prismacolor Goldenrod pencil.


Colored the mussel and inner ears with a Prismacolor Beige pencil.


Sponged Almost Artichoke ink all around the wolf.


Stamped leaves with Always Artichoke ink.


Wiped the ink off of my embossed leaves with a soft rag.


Sponged Basic Black ink at the bottom of the card stock and a bit around the edges of the card stock.


Stamped some more leaves at the bottom of the card stock with Basic Black ink and then wiped off my embossed images with a soft rag.


Darkened around the eyes, nose and a bit around the darkest parts of the ears with a Faber-Castell fine point black marker to make them stand out more.


Assembled my card front and here it is finished measuring 5.5″ square.


I hope your day is filled with relaxing and fun filled moments.

Until my next post.. . . . . . . . .



81 responses to “Forest Wolf

  1. I’ve been trying to win this set on eBay…forever too! The last 2 times, I lost it by less then $1.00!!!! This card is awesome Michelle. I think this is my favorite that you have done (before it was the Owl in Flight!). Thanks for posting all your wonderful tutorials!

  2. Holy Moley this is terrific! I’m a little ashamed to admit I wouldn’t have given this stamp a second thought had I not seen this beautiful piece. Thanks a lot Michelle, now I have to try to get into the bidding ebay thing too. My husband is gonna REALLY love you! I have a different animal face image I’m going to try this technique on. I have missed you too and am glad to hear it was a “breather” you needed and not a loss of a loved one or something. I hope you played in the dirt as that always calms my frazzled nerves. Glad to hear you are taking good care of you.

  3. I too had tried on ebay to get this stamp and finally broke down and paid the going price for it but it was worth it. Now I have a great example to use it with. Thanks for sharing this. Beautiful card. Can’t wait to get home and try it out.

  4. This is an awesome image. I love how the wolf is peering out from the leaves. Very effective. And I love how you coloured the leaves.
    I’m glad you took some time for yourself. We all need a breather! It was only a couple of days. Take good care of yourself! :)

  5. Michelle,
    Love this card. The colors are perfect. Great guy card, which I seem to have a hard time doing. Glad to see you used the prismcolor pencil, I went out and bought the 120 set after seeing you use them. Keep the tutuorials coming, and I too wondered if everything in your world was ok, after not seeing you post. Glad to hear it was a breather you needed. Life is hectic for sure.

  6. I’m so glad you took time to regroup. Everyone needs that sometimes. I was however, developing a withdrawal tick (Zindorf withdrawal) hehe. This card takes my breath away. It is one of those pieces of art that I cannot take my eyes off. Breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us.

  7. Each morning over coffee I look for your latest works of art. A great way to start the mornings! Thsi is so compelling and awesome. Thanks for sharing your works!

  8. I am glad that you are back, but more importantly that you took time for yourself. My prayers and thoughts are with you and wish you the best in getting better and back on track.

    I love this card, I have this set and was just thinking the other day of getting it back out, but I did not have any ideas in mind….until now. Thank you and have a blessed day.

  9. Wow – this is gorgeous.

    And I completely understand.

    Last night I freaked out and went to sleep at 6:30. Sometimes you just need an intense break!!! I’m glad you got one. It certainly hasn’t hurt your art!!! :)

    Happy Friday – have a great weekend!

  10. stunningly beautiful – I love this. There is a mom and pop stamp store that has really great “natural looking” wildlife stamps here in Michigan called Greywolf Graphics. The SU wolf set makes me think of them all the time. THanks for sharing – and yes we did miss you – but know how important it is to step back every once in a while.
    Blessings to you today.

  11. Welcome back! You’ve been missed, and hopefully now you are feeling better!
    Thanks for the awesome card. To be honest, until yesterday, I would have GIVEN you this set. It was just a little too overwhelming for me. But thanks to your wonderful gift, I have a great new card idea!

  12. Excellent Card!!

  13. I’ve had this set forever, but need to get him out and play with him some more. I seem to have been collecting various wolves for some time! LOL Your card is awesome. Thanks for the great instructions. I never thought to “mess with” the image by darkening and lightening his face. Most I’ve ever done is black emboss him on black, then take bleach after him and then Twinkling H2O’s. I like to make mine with blue eyes!

  14. So sorry to hear life has not been so kind to you recently. I hope things are getting back on track for you now. Thank you for yet another superb tutorial.

  15. I love this one! Glad you are feeling better.

  16. I’m so glad you are OK and ready to stamp! I love love love this card! I have this set and it is always at my stamping area. It has never been put in my stamp cabinet because it is my favorite set. I have thought about sending you an email to see if you would ever use a wolf (or a giraffe – hint hint) in your tutorials! I am so thrilled to see this one used. I took the day off from work today and dropped my dog off at daycare so I can stamp. I am planning to practice your technique for as long as I need to today. I can’t think of a better card to use in my attempt. Thank you for taking the time to post all of your tutorials. I look forward to each and every one of them.

  17. Way to go on this card, Michelle! Beautiful! I’m curious what Close to my Heart sets you purchased! I am going to a CTMH class on Monday and want to have the same ones you do for future tutorials! Heehee, I really am a Zindorf fan!! Thanks for all your hard work and I am glad you got a “breather”.

  18. another amazing work of art. I just love this image and what you created with it. It’s stunning.

  19. GREAT CARD!! Glad to hear your ok and took some time to take a breather. It is funny when I need to get away from it all I like to look at other peoples blogs. My favorite is yours. Enjoy your weekend.

  20. Evelyn----Ks.stamper

    Glad you are back and hope you are feeling refreshed. Can’t tell you in words how much I love this card it is wonderful. The wolf looks like he is coming out to meet with me. Beautiful art work. Thank you so much for sharing. My cards have gotten much better sense you came into the picture. Thanks again, and I will be trying this one as soon as I get the wheat planted.

  21. Thanks so much for sharing your talents.
    I just found your blog and have found much pleasure and inspiration by reading thru all of your wonderful tutorials.

  22. Ugh! Now you are an enabler also Michelle! I already clicked on the link to Joy’s CTMH website… the only thing that has any hope of stopping me from ordering right this second is I’ve got a HUGE stampin up order to place today… :0)

  23. Awesome!

  24. I managed to get the “Wolf” set for my friend for not only a good price on ebay but I also got it 4 days before Christmas last year. When she opened the box my husband and I both thought she was going to cry. It was an awesome gift. I can’t wait to show her this tutorial and create a card with her. Thank you so much!!

  25. This is an incredible card! Thank you for sharing. I like your blog a lot and have subscribed because you show such an excitement for your art. I am also enjoying your tutorials. They remind me that stamping with inks and papers is pure pleasure.

  26. Just jaw dropping gorgeous michelle.
    I soooo wish I could watch you in person while you create.


    Happy Friday

  27. I love this card. I love wolves and just love what you did with this.

  28. Glad you are back! This wolf is so incredible! Yesterday I found your Splitcoast Gallery and marked so many of your cards as my favorites. Thank you for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  29. This is amazing…and worth the wait!

  30. love this wolf, I am so glad you were able to get it. I too would not have known what to do with this stamp, but you do some incredible things and this is gorgeous.

  31. I guess I do expect to see your work everyday and miss it when its not there; however, life is more important and I’m glad you take those breathers when you need to. Um…you can come stay at my house. I’ll be very quiet while you rest…maybe just peak over your shoulder when you’re playing around in my rubber room. 😉

  32. I second that, “Holy Moley”! This is beautiful. You are amazing.

  33. Wow! Did you come back strong! It is so hard to pick a favorite from you but this has to be one of the best.

  34. Oh how gorgeous Michelle. I love that wolf, and I love the leaves you did. Just wished I had some “detail embossing powder” to use, but SU retired it before I bought any. Thanks for sharing this card! Excellent!

  35. Oh Michelle! This took my breath away! It is amazing! Glad you took a breather, now take care!

  36. That is stunning! I too searched and searched for this set, and got it off of ebay. I must say though that I did not hold out for a lower price as much as I likely should have. ;). I am sure I outbid you then! (OMG you mean if I hadn’t out bid you that perhaps we would have seen this beauty before then!? Gasp! I am sooo sorry because I am certainly nopt using this set to its whole potential!!!! I am going to try this exact card to get my mojo going! Take Care Michelle, take the rest you need, and have a Happy Canadian Thanksgiving this weekend!

  37. I am so glad I found your blog, your pieces of art are stunning! I do not have these stamps, but will sure try and find stamps I can use to try this!

  38. Now that I’ve peeled my jaw off the floor…. and reclaimed my breath….



    WOW! WOW! WOW!


  39. Absolutely stunning. Your talent continues to amaze me. Thank you so much for sharing.

  40. What a great card ! A real WOW card !!! I missed you, and looked for the email each day, but figured you were busy. I’m happy you had time to re-group. You sure came back strong, and I love the card. I have checked splitcoast from time to time for ideas to use this set, and nothing ever really excited me. I made one card years ago that I loved, but don’t have a photo of it, and don’t remember what I did ! Old age setting in!
    I’m so happy you came up with this gorgeous card. I love my wolf and want to use him. Unfortunately, I’m not creative enough to come up with something great like this. Thank you for supplying the creative works of art for all of us to copy !!

  41. WOW AS WELL!!! Your work blows me away but this is over the top! I’ve never seen that stamp set before (wolf) and its gorgeous with the card you made. and I really appreciate your tutorials. I have been playing with the brayer now and made a couple that were very passable brayerd background cards. More you play the better you get I suppose. But I would never have known how to do it or even tried if it had not been for your tutorials. Your explanations, pictures and words, are so easy to follow! thanks for all of your work! Mary

  42. outstanding as always. I’m really inspired to try a sketch stamp like this one. Thank you.

  43. Michelle….Here’s me sending you a BIG HUG!!!! I love this set and my sister has it, we share everything! I can’t wait to work on this tutorial with her.

    Take time to enjoy this weekend, we are supposed to getting some great weather.
    Hugs right back at ya!

  44. I love all of your work – but this one is particularly stunning.

  45. We all need to regroup now and again as we all seem to lead such hectic lives. I love the wolf scene, it’s so beautiful, thansk for sharing it with us. Glad to see you are back to your usual creative self.

  46. Michelle – First of all, I love your wolf. He/she is beautiful! But I’m writing because I missed a few days of your postings and I just found the Cup of Joe with Flower and it knocked my socks off (which your art is prone to do). Who would have thunk it…the coffee cup with a flower in it! The incongruity is gorgeous! and it is a technique I will try. Thanks once again for sharing your beautiful and innovative art with us!

  47. Darlene Gabriel

    Wow!!! As soon as this picture came on my screen I was wowed. I don’t even know what else to say — WOW!!
    Again I am so grateful that you chose to share you art with us.

  48. Wow!!! This is so awesome, I’m absolutely speechless! Thank you so much for sharing.

  49. Barb (GrandmaUpNorth)

    I love your work but this card took my breath away. It’s a work of art!! I’m so glad you’re back! You’ve been missed. You put so much time and effort into every card, you deserve a break!!

  50. Wonderful card…Very stunning. I love that Wolf stamp (too bad I never bought the set) and am happy you were able to find one at a reasonable price.

  51. There are no words to describe how beautiful this card is.


  52. Michelle,
    I’m a new subscriber to your postings and am really enjoying them. This is beautiful!
    I’m intrigued by the use of a Versamark pad and the dye inks to make the images embossable. I have never tried this (dumb me!) and wondered if the Versamark doesn’t affect (effect? I’ve never been able to keep those straight!) the dye ink pads. Does this work with markers as well? Do you need to emboss immediately after stamping? I’m going to try this.

  53. Holy Toledo Batman…this is gorgeous… I think we will all be bidding on the Wolf set next time it’s on e-bay….I too missed your tutorials… I am so glad you just needed a breather and all is well for you and your loved ones…we all need that from time to time… You have taught me so much from these tutorials… keep em coming…


  54. Michelle, I almost never post on a blog but this piece was too beautiful to go unmentioned. I am really not into wolves but you did an incredible job on this. It is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing

  55. Evelyn in Oregon

    You are just amazing!!! It looks like a painting!

  56. Anita asked “wondered if the Versamark
    doesn’t affect (effect? I’ve never been able to keep those straight!) the dye
    ink pads. Does this work with markers as well? Do you need to emboss
    immediately after stamping?”

    Anita, I answer a lot of your questions on this Tool time post:


  57. Michelle, you give so much inspiration. Really love your art.

  58. Amazing! I missed your daily art offering but this has more than made up for it!

  59. Beyond brilliant!!

  60. GORGEOUS! Really a beautiful creation! Love everything about it. I have no idea how you keep up the pace that you do. Be kind to yourself…you deserve it! We appreciate you :)

  61. I just found your site yesterday by accident. …………OMG….. these are just beautiful…. and then to see this wolve today… just magnificent ………can’t thank you enough for sharing your talent…….

  62. Joanne Valente

    Michelle, I think you should take more time to regroup – you came back with veuve girlfriend!!This is an incredible piece of art and tops my favorites list for certain. My Keeshond dog looks just like him! You spoil us with your visions Michelle! I might have to print this one and frame the sample!! ; ) You are one talented chick-a-roo… please keep “Wowing” us.

  63. Tamara Conroy

    I now show my husband your stupendous, awsome, gorgeous etc creations. You are truly an artist. Thank you for sharing. I agree “please keep wowing us”

  64. Another fantastic card. I love the way you left the image mostly uncolored.

  65. Wonderful card and it made me do the happy dance…I have these sets! Can’t wait till Monday when I have the time to play in my “rubber room”. Wish it was sooner, but I have the garden to tend to and a husband that is willing to lend his muscle to the job. Love this card and love this set…so good for guy cards. Have a great weekend.

  66. breathtaking!

    I love this card!


  67. I am soooo loving your stuff. this wolf is awesome. I just finished my version and loaded to scs. thank you so much I am learning so much from your tutorials although I don’t think I may ever master the brayer and sponge like you do but I keep trying.

  68. I can’t believe how lovely this turned out, it looks like a painting, so real, so beautiful! Thanks for another work of art. Breathtaking! =)

  69. Wow, I think this has to be my favorite! Spectacular work of art. Thank you for the tutorial – would love to give this a try!

  70. Spectacular! (I don’t think I’ve ever used that word on a comment before, but wow this is truly spectacular!)

  71. Hi Michelle. As I have said before, you are one of the hardest working bloggers out there. To graciously photograph all of your steps and provide full blown tutorials every time you post, if you need a day or two off for good tutorials, have at it. We do worry about you though because you do it so infrequently. Now for todays card, I love this to the max. I never knew SU had a wolf stamp, and now all of your Zindorfians will be bidding them up like crazy! I finally had to settle for a smaller version of the three bare trees cause I could never get that without remortgaging my house (thank goodness I didn’t do that, I’d probably be homeless today!) Anyway, I love wolves because I have a Keeshond for a four-legged daughter and she looks like a wolf. So I really love what you did with this. Off to ebay I go — I hope I stay focused on wolf stamps, and don’t venture off into Coach purses, or some of the other goodies I have been known to frequent.

  72. Awesome, fantastic, cool, wonderful, beautiful! I just bought a wolf stamp last week from Rubber Stampede. It’s a wolf on all fours. I also went to the Wild Canid Center today (the Wolf Sanctuary) just outside of St. Louis–to see some real wolves. I bought a stuffed toy wolf for my son who loves nature wildlife animals. He’s been wanting a toy stuffed wolf for awhile and no one carries them–except nature stores or wildlife centers. Anyway, I love how you did this! It’s just like a real wolf in the woods. I love that technique of tapping the red on the edges of the leaves! I’ll need to practice that! I guess its kind of like the rock and roll method…? Thanks for demo-ing this, I love how it came out! Thanks for doing what you do on this website! I am learning a lot from you–like how to color those greys like you did on this wolf! I appreciate your tutorials so much!

  73. Running behind with this comment, sorry! I must say have never seen a “wolf” stamp done sooo well! This one really speaks to me! All of your creations are wonderful, but every now and then you really go over the top! You sure did with this one! It’s beyond words. Glad to hear you took a break! You’ve come up with more ideas this year so far than I have in 5 years. Everyone’s brain needs a break now and then! Just wish mine wasn’t always on one! LOL Thanks so much for this fab tutorial!

  74. Michelle, we all need time for ourselves and time to regroup. we need to breathe… and enjoy life… I so glad you did. You take as much time as you need any time, Michelle. This card is gorgeous beyond words. It takes your breath away. We all look at it at work and just said WOW!!!! Thank you for the tutorial will try to create a card similar to it soon. BTW how can I send a copy to you? Blessings….

  75. Beth Cutwright

    I missed you too Michelle, but am thrilled you are back. I don’t think I could keep up with the pace you keep, so I am glad you got a little break from it. I think God gave you my ounce of talent and several other folks portion too!! I wouln’t want to meet our friend face to face, but this picture is awesome!


  76. Conniecrafter

    Oh Wow that is truly amazing work your doing there! Love how you did the colors in the leaves and all that you did to bring the wolf to life!!

  77. Wow, I love this card. I too have this set, along with multiple other wolf stamps.
    Can’t wait to try my hand at some variation of your technique. Thanks for sharing, your work is wonderful.

  78. Wow! This is awesome! The wolf looks as if he will step out of the forest of leaves any minute! Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  79. This tutorial and your beautiful result could make that Wolf stamp very valuable! Thanks for sharing.

  80. Bettye Johnson

    Finally able to get on your site. I’ve been wanting to get your tutorial on this card for a long time. I’ve had Wolf because my husband is a dog lover and we had a McKenzie River black wolf in our kennel for a number of years. She was a delightful animal and we will aways miss her. She had beautiful amber eyes and used to peer at strangers from behind a tree. I was discouraged with the stamp set as my results just weren’t what I wanted. I was ready to list on e-bay…… I’m trying again with your gorgeous design and method. TFS.

  81. YOU are AMAZING…Fabulous, not enough adjectives to say how beautiful this technique is and how easy to follow your tutorial. Thanks for sharing your talents!!